A New Wildlife Pond (Finished...at last)

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A New Wildlife Pond (Finished...at last)

  • Hi Paul,

    I just stumbled across this thread, great pond!  I love your updates and how your pond progressed over time, fabulous job.

    I love the Hibernaculum too, very nice indeed.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best Wishes

    Ian

  • Hi, Ian, and thanks for your kind comments. A lot of work involved, but worth it in the end.

    Paul

  • What a great thread! Thank you. These guys seems pretty reliable suppliers of native pond plants for wildlife, if anyone is interested: britishpondplants.co.uk

  • Paul A

    Hi folks. My newest project is building a Wildlife Pond in the garden so I thought it might be fun to document the progress as I go about this. I realise that this should maybe have been started a bit earlier in the year but better late than never I suppose. We’ve been thinking about a pond for a while now but the only place we can really put it is quite close to some trees down the left hand side of our garden. I think this may raise some concerns with the root system puncturing the pond liner but I’m thinking if I can line the pond with maybe a thick piece of old carpet, sand and pond liner insulation, thing should be fine. The trees that are close to where the pond is going are conifer types so aren’t actually too deep rooted. I’m also considering building a small Hibernacula next to the pond in the hope that this may encourage Frogs and Toads to take up residence here. The pond itself is not going to have any pumps or filter systems, I’ll be relying on the correct plants and creepy-crawlies to carry out the task of keeping the water clean and oxygenated. I’ve been looking at a lot of other threads on here in regards to other peoples Wildlife Ponds so I’m hoping that I may get some good advice along the way, this is all new to me so any and all suggestions and help would be very much appreciated. There are another few issues in regards to the slope of the garden but I’ll get to these as we go along. The first step was to decide on the size and shape of the pond which wasn’t as easy as it may sound. I didn’t want a rectangular pond nor did I fancy a teardrop shaped pond. After about an hour or so of messing around with a hosepipe on the ground, we decided on the shape that you can see in this first photo.

    Thank you if you've read all of this and I'll update it once more progress has been made. I do know that I still have drainage/overflow issues to look at but I have a basic plan for that as well. Until the next time, I hope you've enjoyed.

    Paul

    Paul,

    You may recall sharing this link with me some time back, believe it or not, I've finally finished reading what is actually a very interesting and well planned project, and thank you for sharing it.

    Our pond is only a fraction of the size at 292 litres full, and crude dimensions 0.5mtrs deep, 0.5mtrs across and about 1.2 mts long, using a moulded liner, but just as much planning, and tweaking to the plans went in to place.

    I hope you're still getting enjoyment from your pond, I know we are, and I'm eagerly awaiting the warmer days when I can sit along side it again, watching swim about their business and other wildlife that choses to inhabit our garden.